USM political science, history professors react to Trump win

USM political science, history professors react to Trump win

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Political Scientists and historians at the University of Southern Mississippi are reacting to the election of Donald Trump as the nation's 45th president.

Allan McBride, an associate professor of political science, said he was surprised by the outcome and said lighter than expected voter turnout was a big factor in the Trump win.

"He obviously won the Republican Primary when nobody thought he was going to, so that was a warning shot," said McBride. "We should've been paying close attention."

Heather Stur, associate professor of history, said historians will likely see the Republican victory as part of a larger social movement.

"During the campaign, Donald Trump voiced the feelings of a lot of Americans who felt that their beliefs about what the United States is, how it should operate in the world, how the government should relate to citizens, was not heard," said Stur.

Both said Republicans will likely move quickly on issues like Obamacare and taxes while they control both houses of Congress.